Next City Sounds: Interfaces | Various Artists

 

Next City Sounds: Interfaces | Various Artists
Gruen 192 | Audio CD [order]
Reviews

 

As part of the 20th KAMUNA (Karlsruhe Museum Night), so-called ›in-situ perfor- mances‹ took place at three locations in Karlsruhe on August 4, 2018:

 

The project room ßpace, the artist-run space Halo ARS and the pedestrian zone Kaiserstraße were connected to the ZKM via an outgoing audio data stream.

 

At ßpace, sound artist Lasse-Marc Riek condensed naturalistic field recordings, noise and soundscape recordings into a sonic live collage.

 

The live electronic duo Lintu + Røyk per- formed with modular synthesizers and broadcasted live electronica from Halo ARS in Karlsruhe’s Oststadt.

 

The members of KITeratur presented their participative performance ›SYNONiMUS‹ in the pedestrian zone in the Kaiserstraße, while the No Input Ensemble performed in the subspace under ZKM’s blue Cube. At ZKM, all incoming signals were fanned out in a kaleidoscopic manner and pro- cessed artistically in a multi-room sound installation by Yannick Hofmann, Marco Kempf, Benjamin Miller, Barbara Nerness, Sebastian Schottke and Dan Wilcox in the Cube, in the Cube vestibule and in the underground car park at ZKM.

 

This audio recording was made in the ZKM Cube, where the KAMUNA visitors could determine the sound mixing of the audio data streams via an interactive interface specially developed for this project and experiment with the sound material using a battery of interconnected sound aliena- tors and effect pedals.

 

Riek’s naturalistic soundscape recordings and field recordings, Lintus + Røyk’s syn- thesized electronic sounds, the voices of the participative speech performance of the university group KITeratur as well as the ethereal sound and feedback noises choreographed by the No Input Ensemble condense proportionally into this 60-minute experimental audio piece, whose tonal quality ultimately oscillates between Ambient, Drone and Musique concrète.

 

›Next City Sounds: Interfaces‹ took place as part of the EU project ›Interfaces‹ (EU funding programme ›Creative Europe‹) on the occasion of the Karlsruhe Museum Night 2018.

 

Excerpt:

 

MP3

 

01 Track (62′12″)
CD (500 copies)

 


 

Credit:

 

Production: ZKM | Hertz-Lab
Concept & artistic direction: Yannick Hofmann
Mix & Mastering: Sebastian Schottke
Software development: Dan Wilcox

 

Multi-room sound installation at the ZKM: Marco Kempf (Cube balcony), Benjamin Miller & Barbara Nerness (underground car park at ZKM), Sebastian Schottke & Dan Wilcox (ZKM Cube)

 

In-situ performances in Karlsruhe: KITeratur (Kaiserstraße, Musikhaus Schlaile), Lasse-Marc Riek (ßpace), Lintu + Røyk (Halo ARS), No Input Ensemble (subspace ZKM)

 

Sound engineering: Christian Berkes, Daniel Höpfner, David Luchow, Marcel Mendel
Graphic design: Eric Jentzsch | dkm-graphik.de

 

Next City Sounds: Interfaces | Various Artists

 

Next City Sounds: Interfaces | Various Artists

 

Next City Sounds: Interfaces | Various Artists

 

Sound Art Series by Gruenrekorder
Germany / 2020 / Gruen 192 / LC 09488 / GEMA / EAN 194491017170

 


 

Reviews

 

Frans de Waard | VITAL WEEKLY
The last one, for now, is a release that is a compilation but it is also one track. From what I understand this a recording of an event that took place on August 4, 2018, on three different locations in Karlsruhe; The project room ßpace, the artist-run space Halo ARS and the pedestrian zone Kaiserstraße. They were all connected to the ZKM, the big media art place in the same place. At ßpace, label boss Lasse-Marc Riek played field recordings, noises and soundscapes, at Halo ARS was the duoLintu + Røyk with modular synthesizers and on the street were members of KITeratur to which people participate (adding random spoken words) and the No Input Ensemble performed in the subspace under ZKM’s blue Cube (doesn’t make four locations? I copied it all from the press text. All of this mixed and processed as an installation by Yannick Hofmann, Marco Kempf, Benjamin Miller, Barbara Nerness, Sebastian Schottke and Dan Wilcox in the Cube and the underground car park at ZKM. I assume all in walking distance so you could move between the various performances and hear them individually or combined but invisible. The music is a sixty-two-minute endless stream of sounds and spoken word. The latter we don’t hear continuously, but now and then. Sometimes the music is quite ‚there‘, a bit noisy, which I guess is the thing with modular synthesizers, but who knows whatever noises were added by Riek? It is not bad but I am also not overly enthusiastic about it. It is, perhaps, that there isn’t much happening in terms of composition that I found missing here. It was a bit too much of a random fading in and out of the mix of sounds, the unconscious stream factor, I guess. It comes in a very fine package with quite some information, which is a nice extra feature.
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